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by Mike Kubick
Asst. Sports Editor

Major changes in the College Work Study program will go into effect this fall.

The changes include a raise in the basic pay rate, the number of hours a student can work in a week and the use of awarded funds.

Beginning Sept. 1, 1990, the minimum rate of pay for college work study students will be increased from $4.25 an hour to $4.35.

The second alteration is in the number of hours a student can work. A student can no longer work in excess of 20 hours, regardless of how many work study jobs the student has. The only exception to this rule is approval by the appropriate academic dean.

“These changes will not only benefit the new student coming in, but will help students academically (because of the limited number of hours a student can work),” said Jean Moore, student employment specialist.

The final and most important change, according to Moore, concerns the use of the funds. The awarded amount will be defined for the full year. Consequently, the fall semester funds must be used during September through January, including interterm, and the spring semester monies must be earned February through May.

No longer will students be able to use up their awarded funds in any one semester. In addition, students must make the certain amount specified without exceeding the awarded amount. If the award sum is not met, the student cannot carry over the surplus funds to the following semester.

The changes are designed in such a way as to assist students in earning their award amount throughout the school year, without the potential worry of having to “make-up” hours at the end of the school year.

Because the changes do not go into effect until this fall, summer workers will con­tinue to “earn their current wage,” she said.

In addition, non-college work study students, those who get paid through the budget of their departments, will continue to earn the wage printed in the department’s job description.

The non-college work study students will continue to benefit because their pay scale is based on their qualifications, Moore added.

The changes were made as a result of directives issued by the ULV Financial Aid Office. The changes will ensure that a student is working during each semester, thus spreading the average number of hours worked, and instill assurance that a worker is not exceeding the maximum number of hours (20) in any given week.

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